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A Choto-area man and two other East Tennesseans have been arrested on unrelated child pornography trafficking charges.

Sean Widmer, 39, a resident of the Choto area off Harvey Road in Concord, was arrested Thursday, June 17, by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and FBI on charges of receipt and possession of child pornography. During an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Guyton, Widmer entered a plea of not guilty. A detention hearing was Sunday, June 20, and trial is scheduled for Aug. 25, before the Honorable Thomas Varlan.

In addition to Widmer, Aubrey Cole, 78, of Rockwood also was arrested June 17 by Knoxville Police Department, ICAC and the FBI on charges of receipt and possession of child pornography. An initial appearance was held Thursday afternoon before Magistrate Guyton. Cole’s formal arraignment was postponed until June 22, at which time a trial date will be set before the Honorable Thomas Phillips.

Jeffrey Alan Stidham, 44, of New Tazewell, was arrested Wednesday, June 16, by special agents of the FBI. The grand jury charged Stidham with one count each of distributing, receiving and possessing child pornography. Stidham pled not guilty to the charges. A detention hearing was set for June 23, before the Honorable C. Clifford Shirley Jr., U.S. magistrate judge. The trial is scheduled for Aug. 17, before Judge Varlan.


Members of the public are reminded that these are only charges and that every person is presumed innocent until their guilt has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

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• June 11: A West Kingsgate Road woman advised Knox County Sheriff’s Office deputy Renee Delgado an unknown suspect threw rocks at her garage and broke four windows.

• June 11: KCSO officer Clyde Moore II responded to a residence off McFee Road on a burglary call. Victim stated he left his residence for approximately an hour and noticed several items were missing. He also advised an unknown suspect apparently had forcefully entered his residence through a back door. The back door did not appear to be damaged. Suspect stole a toolbox, a saw, a drill and a watch.

• June 13: KCSO officer Charles Hammett responded to the intersection of Rockwell Farm Lane and Meadow Pointe Lane on report of a suspicious person. Victim was standing in the middle of the road, and advised officer she had been knocking on doors in the subdivision to get help because she had been assaulted. Victim did have obvious signs on her face that appeared to match the description of the assault. Victim advised she allegedly met the suspect, whose name she did not know, on a phone chat line. The two had agreed to meet in person, to “drink alcoholic beverages” and engage in lewd acts. Victim lives in Cleveland, Tenn.; the suspect picked her up and brought her to his residence in Rockwell Farm. However, victim was unable to give the suspect’s address or even point out the suspect’s residence. Victim said she’d just met the suspect on the chat line that evening and was not aware of his real name. She also advised she was in fear for her safety by giving any information on the suspect because he had informed her that he was in the Mafia and would kill her and her family. Rural Metro responded to the scene to evaluate victim’s injuries. Victim acknowledged that she had been assaulted, but refused further medical examination. A major crimes detective was notified and informed the victim that all evidence would be lost if the investigation was not continued immediately, but victim still refused further examination. Victim was transported to Flying J Travel Center and was released into the custody of her brother.



• June 13: KCSO officer Timothy Sellers was dispatched to Kohl’s department store on report of a shoplifter. Witness stated he observed two known suspects conceal $476.49 in merchandise and attempt to leave the store without paying for it. Both suspects were cited for misdemeanors.

• June 13: A Sonja Drive woman advised KCSO officer Julie Duncan an unknown suspect stole her GPS system and driver’s license from her vehicle, which was unlocked and parked at her residence.

• June 14: A Long Bow Road woman advised KCSO officer P.J. Lambert an unknown suspect threw garbage, pool furniture and the pool telephone into the Fort West subdivision swimming pool.

• June 16: KCSO officer Timothy Sellers was dispatched to a business off Campbell Station Road on report of a hit-and-run. Complainant stated an unknown suspect vehicle had struck the rear bumper of her vehicle while it was parked in the Allstate parking lot June 15.

 

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